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Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'
Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget in New York earlier this year.
May 30th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - The Business Insider, a popular business-focused news website, posted a curious headline on its site: “Why Do Some People Hate Jews?”

Tuesday's headline and accompanying blog post, from Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget, wound up turning a lot of heads. The avalanche of response and criticism prompted Blodget - a high-profile former Wall Street analyst - to revise his headline and offer explanations/defenses of his post throughout the day.

“Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people whose mission in life appears to be to express hatred of Jews,” Blodget wrote in his original post. “And hatred of Jews has obviously been an ongoing theme worldwide for centuries.

“What is the source of this animosity? Why does it perpetuate itself? Where did this prejudice come from?”

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The query drew plenty of tongue wagging from many corners of the Internet. “That’s right, there sure is nowhere better to suss out the reasoning behind one of the greatest attempted genocides of our modern times than in an Internet comments section,” Mediaite jested in a post that seethed disapproval.

“Is this how websites get traffic now?” Mediaite writer Jon Bershad continued. “Should Mediaite’s next slideshow be 'Top 10 Stereotypes About Black People'?"

Later Tuesday, Blodget updated his piece with a new headline, “What Are the Sources of Anti-Semitism?” explaining the initial headline “made a lot of people angry ...  (s)o I changed it.”

Blodget also subbed out the original photo, which he characterized as featuring a pair of “jovial Orthodox Jews,” with a picture of Jewish actress Natalie Portman. He wrote that some readers found the original photo “needlessly provocative.”

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By day’s end, Blodget offered his seventh update, saying that he wish he’d never published the piece. “Whatever interesting responses came from the post, I now regret writing it,” Blodget wrote. "I am very sorry to anyone I offended. I sincerely apologize.”

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Filed under: Judaism

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  1. SueEllen

    I just hate muslims!

    May 31, 2012 at 6:31 am |
    • allahaintreal

      yes, they do nothing but bring evil, hatred, and violence to the world. If you don't believe in their false religion, they will kill you. They torture women and children. The quaran is NOT a peaceful book/religion. It's of the devil

      May 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  2. Binoy

    Reading all the comments, frankly why people should take some mythological figures and ancient history made out in mordern times to hate a section of people, frankly who knows how Jesus was and what exactly the "Jews" did to him 2000 years back, these are just stories made up in the minds of people. Primary reason for most hatred in the world is related to money, land, oil etc.

    May 31, 2012 at 5:48 am |
  3. Gezus

    When the chief priests of the rabbinic order chose Barbarus to be a free man, because Jesus vocalized his understanding of the doctrines, and set a known a criminal free to silence this healer, illustrates the extent to which The highest of the order relegated their powers.

    History isn't kind to the Jewish faith, and the future hold much anxiety as well in Israel.

    May 31, 2012 at 4:33 am |
  4. Al

    The Jews are hated because they killed God. That's what some people think anyway. Even though Jesus was supposed to die. Jesus could have saved some people a lot of grief had he just committed suicide. Maybe people would then wear a noose or knife necklace rather than a cross.

    May 31, 2012 at 4:17 am |
  5. Lily

    It's an unanswerable question and this guy doesn't seem like he's the one who should be asking it.

    May 31, 2012 at 2:48 am |
    • jaybird

      I agree.

      May 31, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • Scott

      If you never ask you will never learn. Probably the wrong forum to put forward the question but the question itself isn't that bad.

      May 31, 2012 at 4:11 am |
  6. Nii

    KYLE
    MY POST WAS DEDICATED TO UR ONE-SIDED POST AS A REPLY!

    May 31, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  7. Nii

    Why didn't u get an European example
    1)YUGOSLAVIA
    2)WW1
    3)WW2
    4)NORTHERN IRELAND
    5)ETA
    6)ROMANIAN REVOLUTION
    7)THE RULE OF GEN.
    N. AMERICA
    1)QUEBEC
    2)TIM MCVEIGH
    3)KLAN
    4)MEXICAN DRUGLORDS
    5)AMERICAN MAFIA
    and u had to use a place that is five times de size of de US.
    U r an e.g. of y ppl fight.

    May 31, 2012 at 2:19 am |
  8. D

    History, that`s why!

    You don`t have to look any further than what`s in front of your eyes, unless you`re wearing rose colored glasses.

    May 31, 2012 at 1:50 am |
  9. Zoglet

    lookng forward to his article on why some people hate muslims

    Should I hold my breath?

    May 31, 2012 at 1:27 am |
    • allahaintreal

      Best of luck with that. We tip toe around crazies of false religions, yet abuse those who follow the one true living God. Go figure....

      May 31, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  10. BOOYAH

    Simple. ... Jews rejected Jesus, and have been cursed and hated ever since.

    May 31, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • Timmuh

      The eyewitnesses to the Jesus story, the Jews, say it never happened at all. They were there, they should know.

      May 31, 2012 at 2:31 am |
    • RFBJR

      Matthew 27:
      24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
      25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”
      26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

      May 31, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  11. Reality

    Putting the kibosh on religion:

    ONLY FOR NEW MEMBERS OF THIS BLOG–

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    prob•a•bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    May 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • Blah blah blah

      too wordy and how would you know ???????

      May 31, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • Tree sock

      Communism is a mental illness.

      May 31, 2012 at 1:58 am |
    • Reality

      For those who reading challenged:

      SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
      THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11.

      SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
      THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

      SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
      ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

      Added details upon request.

      May 31, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • Reality

      For those who are not reading challenged:

      AND THE INFAMOUS ANGELIC CONS CONTINUE TO WREAK STUPIDITY UPON THE WORLD

      Joe Smith had his Moroni.

      "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      Some added references to "tink-erbells".

      newadvent.org/cathen/07049c.htm

      "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."
      Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

      "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

      And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

      "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

      "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

      "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

      May 31, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • Bob Bales

      We have indications that Moses and Abraham existed. (I believe there are references to the plagues in Egyptian sources.) We have no indications that they did not exist. So as far as we know and can tell, they did exist. That they did not, as well as your other statements, is simply your belief.

      June 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  12. magnus

    jews arent the problem, its the existence of israel that will cause the world to end.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • Chad

      So.. they dont have a right to a country?
      You want to repeal the 1947 mandate by the UN?

      May 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • RFBJR

      You should ask why Israel was created...think of the year. Hint: holocaust!

      I'm pretty sure the holocaust was about hating jews.

      May 31, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  13. Skeptic

    Why do some people hate the rich? It's a free world.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
  14. Chad

    If you are curious what the real source of the middle east conflict is, and what the real solution is, just ask yourself these simple questions:

    1) If all of the weapons in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Jordan, Iran were destroyed tomorrow, what would happen?
    2) If all of the weapons in Israel were destroyed tomorrow, what would happen?

    Answer to #1: nothing
    Answer to #2: Every Israeli would be annihilated within 24 hours.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • Surfer George

      I'm not sure that using logic and/or reason will get us where we need to go.
      Hatred and/or the inability to see beyond one's own petty thinking doesn't respond well to logic and/or reason.

      By the way, anyone who comes up with different answers is stupid or lying.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  15. Kyle

    I don't believe people hate Jews, or for that matter Blacks, Latinos or Hispanics. There is always a small fraction of any society that lacks common sense and believes their problem is caused by 'those' people. There are also extremists in any culture as well that believe their way of life is the right way and that can be said about any nationality or culture.

    Unfortunately, when these two groups coexist in any culture you have issues of hatred and distrust in that society. Look through the last hundred years or history especially in sub-Saharan Africa where there are few Jews. You still have massacres and hatred of locals in the hand of locals. Reasons can be the as irrelevant of shape of the face, color of skin, language, diamonds, .... I am not sure if there is one specific reason for any of these than ignorance.

    We as humans have grown; we have gone to the moon and back, but have a long way to grow as humans....

    Peace

    May 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  16. mark longhurst

    The difference between Jews as a religious group is that they do not welcome non jews into their 'bosom' It makes it difficult to get to know anyone if you are excluded.The other religions , whether you like them or not are still recruiting all around the world and would love you to be part of their creed.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • twiggyann

      Wow, that's certainly not how it has been in any of the synagogues I have attended. I think the difference is that Jews let you determine what's right for you instead of hounding you to join them.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  17. onthisday

    this thread is full of arrogant and hateful comments by "all-loving" people with bleeding hearts. and they wonder why others hate them.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  18. jalek

    It's learned behavior. You learn after doing business with a series of people who each try to pull something, eventually you recognize a common theme, especially when they use their faith as an excuse to break contracts.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  19. TheSnark

    Too many so-called American Jews care more about Israel than anything else, the traitors.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  20. d

    Y'all need to stop hating.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
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